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The Napier-Taupo Highway is closed this morning due to overnight snowfall.

Waka Kotahi says north and south detours are available via Palmerston North or Gisborne, and will add at least four hours to journey times.


Overnight temperatures in Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District will drop below zero tonight.

The Metservice is forecasting showers to clear this afternoon to fine weather, with strong winds also expected to die away.

Central Hawke’s Bay will drop to minus two degrees overnight, with Dannevirke expecting an overnight low of minus one degree.


Tararua REAP celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday, with a day of celebrations.

Members of the community, including a number of school children, visited REAP’s offices to join in the celebrations, with activities and workshops held throughout the day.

Tararua REAP also launched its new mobile cabin, which will allow them to reach even further across the district.

Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty attended the celebrations and said there wouldn't be many families in the community that haven't benefited from REAP's services at some point.


The Dannevirke Tigers came away with another win at the weekend in the Manawatu Rugby League competition.

Playing Feilding, the Tigers touched down for 11 tries, converting four of them, to give them a 54-nil win.

The win makes it five from five for the Tigers this season.

Waka Petera scored three tries, with Weller Hauraki and Sam Jones two tries each in the game.


The number of COVID-19 cases in Tararua District is continuing to decline.

Weekly numbers released yesterday show the district has 30 current active cases of the virus.

The MidCentral region as a whole had a 26.7 percent decrease in cases over the past week.

In Hawke’s Bay, CHB also had 30 active COVID cases at the end of last week.


Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating the unexplained death of a person, after a body was located in a vehicle in the River Road carpark in Havelock North yesterday.

Detective Inspector Dave de Lange said it appeared the vehicle, which had been consumed by fire, had been parked in the reserve for several days.

Police closed River Road and had a scene guard in place overnight.

Mr de Lange said while Police are treating the death as unexplained, they are in the very early stages of understanding what has happened to the victim.

The reserve is a popular area for cyclists and people walking dogs, providing access to the Tukituki River and adjacent cycleways.

Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact Police.

A post-mortem is expected to be carried out today.